Royal Challengers Bangalore v Rajasthan Royals, IPL 2013, Bangalore April 20, 2013

RCB go top with continued home streak

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Royal Challengers Bangalore 123 for 3 (Gayle 49*) beat Rajasthan Royals 117 (Dravid 35, RP Singh 3-13, Vinay Kumar 3-18) by 7 wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

On high-scoring grounds, Rajasthan Royals depend a lot on Shane Watson, and as he has been doing with Australia in their unfortunate run, Watson let Royals down too. From the moment Watson was caught superbly by Murali Kartik for six off 9, Royals limped through their innings for an inadequate 117. Royal Challengers Bangalore threatened the fashionable, inexplicable collapse, but a restrained Chris Gayle took them through with more than two overs to spare.

R Vinay Kumar operated intelligently against the middle order lacking in firepower, and his strikes kept pegging Royals back. The big wicket of Watson, though, went to Ravi Rampaul. Watson had begun with a four first ball, but was getting uneasy with his inability to find gaps at the top of the innings. In the third over, he tried to bludgeon one, but Murali Kartik took a smart overhead catch at mid-off.

Rahul Dravid and Ajinkya Rahane couldn't hit out, and Rahane was consumed by that pressure. Stuart Binny hit a few lusty ones, eventually took the run-rate past a run a ball, in the ninth over, but was bounced out by Karnataka team-mate Vinay in the next over. Dravid, given a rousing welcome by the "home" crowd, struggled so much that his strike-rate reached 100 only in the 14th over. He had faced 27 balls by then.

The pressure of all those dots was all consuming. Dravid holed out to long-on. Brad Hodge fell to Vinay trying to run one down. RP Singh then had a good time with the lower order, and picked up three for himself.

Unscarred Royal Challengers - with Gayle, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers their top four - would have blasted their way through this target and boosted their net run rate. This side, though, has been turning regulation matches into thrillers of late, and didn't eliminate drama despite a 53-run opening stand in 6.4 overs.

Watson, bowling for the first time in 2013, delayed the finish with the wickets of Dilshan and de Villiers. Kohli fell to James Faulkner in between. At 64 for 3 after nine overs, Gayle put his head down, and in the company of Saurabh Tiwary, who was playing his first match of the season, chose the middle path between a lightning chase and a dramatic one despite all the we-want-six chants from the crowd. He did give them what they wanted, but only after scores were level, raising his arms to seemingly tell the crowd he can hit them but chose not to. It was good enough to put their team joint-top on the table with a game in hand.

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • DawnBreaker on April 21, 2013, 10:57 GMT

    Well done RCB! Gayle played a clever innings. After the collapses we have been seeing in the IPL so far, I think you must have a batsman to build and stabilize your innings. Mike Hussey is a good example. Rajasthan are still among the toppers and they can bounce back with their young talent and under the great leadership of Dravid aka The Wall. But I think RCB are over reliant on their top order. They must increase the depth of their batting lineup by adding more batsmen or all rounders.

  • KK_Cricket on April 21, 2013, 8:18 GMT

    Its sad to see teams collapse and lose 5-6 wickets in heap.. Pune, Delhi, Punjab, KKR and now Royals.. have the players forgotten the basics and have 1s and 2s gone completely out of fashion? Be it T20 or ODIs, playing out your quota of overs is very important.. and what we can see is that everyone, genuine batter, to all rounder to lower order bats, everyone wants to hit a 6 and get on with it and do not look at match situation at all.. Pune needed 20 off 24, why do you need to go for glory rather than an assured and confident victory? Punjab needed to get to 140 against SRH but they wanted more.. here's where the Captain and Coach should come in.. they get huge sums of money for guiding their teams and their careers.. because of these blunders, teams like Bangalore, Chennai look stronger and the difference is approach and mindsets nothing else cos Talent is their with every team.. if everyone plays to their potential and put up a fight, we would have much better games n audiences..

  • riverlime on April 21, 2013, 7:49 GMT

    i thought that Gayle's knock was even scarier that his usual fireworks. he now looks just so.....DETERMINED. I fear for fans when he gets that look in his eyes, because you know he's set his mind on a big score and he will not get out.

  • Wakenaam1103 on April 21, 2013, 22:50 GMT

    Ravi Rampaul should get Man of the Match for taking 3 superb catches and 2 wickets.

  • siddharthbhatia on April 21, 2013, 10:37 GMT

    "RCB go top with continued home streak" - Well how many matches long is the streak? You left out the main piece of information you promised with the headline....

  • Tal_Botvinnik on April 21, 2013, 10:20 GMT

    Tait is a unreliable bowler, Faulkner is just another ordinary bowler.Both should be out and Fidel and Badree should be in.Hodge is well past his prime. Rahane,Dravid playing test cricktet at the top. With Watson playing only cross batted hockey shots this is just a mediocre team. Chandila doen't turn the ball, Trivedi the Medium pacer of medium pacers and Lord Sreesanth the erratic.this is just a mediocre team

  • SamRoy on April 21, 2013, 8:18 GMT

    RCB's best possible line-up is Aggarwal, Gayle, Kohli, ABD, Pujara, Henriques, wk and the bowlers. Tiwary can play in place of Pujara as long as Pujara is unfit. Dilshan is a far better batsman than Henriques but Henriques provides great all round options which is important. Playing Henriques in only 3 games have been a mistake. And Murali replaces Rampaul in spin friendly conditions.

  • on April 21, 2013, 7:38 GMT

    Have ppl seriously forgotten about the T20 WC so soon? Watto was MoM for 3 consecutive matches for Aus... that's mediocre?? Even here he played well in last 2 matches.. RR scored 180 against MI 'cause his initial burst let Rahane settle down. With Watson bowling now as well, he'll walk into almost any T20 side in the world. Stop judging form after every single match

  • sweetspot on April 21, 2013, 7:17 GMT

    Kohli is right. We are all glad this match did not go to the last ball. Still, RCB could have won without some thrills. But RCB should watch out against compacency, because their top order is used to good batting conditions in Bengaluru. Many away games will be played on surfaces that don't help free flowing batting that much. Also this idea of Gayle changing the character of his batting is not a good idea. He should be allowed to be himself. Trust Ray Jennings to confuse things for the team. Why is he talking about Kohli for India captaincy I wonder. That's not going to go down well with the BCCI!

  • Romenevans on April 21, 2013, 7:01 GMT

    How long Watson is going to carry this poor form? How long will he take to start performing for Australia, RR and Sydney Sixers? He has been in awful form for more than 18-20 months now and he is still playing these not-needed type of shots? He needs to pull up his socks because he can not live on the past reputation or else he will have to face exactly what happened to Sehwag, Gambhir and Bhajji in indian team.

  • DawnBreaker on April 21, 2013, 10:57 GMT

    Well done RCB! Gayle played a clever innings. After the collapses we have been seeing in the IPL so far, I think you must have a batsman to build and stabilize your innings. Mike Hussey is a good example. Rajasthan are still among the toppers and they can bounce back with their young talent and under the great leadership of Dravid aka The Wall. But I think RCB are over reliant on their top order. They must increase the depth of their batting lineup by adding more batsmen or all rounders.

  • KK_Cricket on April 21, 2013, 8:18 GMT

    Its sad to see teams collapse and lose 5-6 wickets in heap.. Pune, Delhi, Punjab, KKR and now Royals.. have the players forgotten the basics and have 1s and 2s gone completely out of fashion? Be it T20 or ODIs, playing out your quota of overs is very important.. and what we can see is that everyone, genuine batter, to all rounder to lower order bats, everyone wants to hit a 6 and get on with it and do not look at match situation at all.. Pune needed 20 off 24, why do you need to go for glory rather than an assured and confident victory? Punjab needed to get to 140 against SRH but they wanted more.. here's where the Captain and Coach should come in.. they get huge sums of money for guiding their teams and their careers.. because of these blunders, teams like Bangalore, Chennai look stronger and the difference is approach and mindsets nothing else cos Talent is their with every team.. if everyone plays to their potential and put up a fight, we would have much better games n audiences..

  • riverlime on April 21, 2013, 7:49 GMT

    i thought that Gayle's knock was even scarier that his usual fireworks. he now looks just so.....DETERMINED. I fear for fans when he gets that look in his eyes, because you know he's set his mind on a big score and he will not get out.

  • Wakenaam1103 on April 21, 2013, 22:50 GMT

    Ravi Rampaul should get Man of the Match for taking 3 superb catches and 2 wickets.

  • siddharthbhatia on April 21, 2013, 10:37 GMT

    "RCB go top with continued home streak" - Well how many matches long is the streak? You left out the main piece of information you promised with the headline....

  • Tal_Botvinnik on April 21, 2013, 10:20 GMT

    Tait is a unreliable bowler, Faulkner is just another ordinary bowler.Both should be out and Fidel and Badree should be in.Hodge is well past his prime. Rahane,Dravid playing test cricktet at the top. With Watson playing only cross batted hockey shots this is just a mediocre team. Chandila doen't turn the ball, Trivedi the Medium pacer of medium pacers and Lord Sreesanth the erratic.this is just a mediocre team

  • SamRoy on April 21, 2013, 8:18 GMT

    RCB's best possible line-up is Aggarwal, Gayle, Kohli, ABD, Pujara, Henriques, wk and the bowlers. Tiwary can play in place of Pujara as long as Pujara is unfit. Dilshan is a far better batsman than Henriques but Henriques provides great all round options which is important. Playing Henriques in only 3 games have been a mistake. And Murali replaces Rampaul in spin friendly conditions.

  • on April 21, 2013, 7:38 GMT

    Have ppl seriously forgotten about the T20 WC so soon? Watto was MoM for 3 consecutive matches for Aus... that's mediocre?? Even here he played well in last 2 matches.. RR scored 180 against MI 'cause his initial burst let Rahane settle down. With Watson bowling now as well, he'll walk into almost any T20 side in the world. Stop judging form after every single match

  • sweetspot on April 21, 2013, 7:17 GMT

    Kohli is right. We are all glad this match did not go to the last ball. Still, RCB could have won without some thrills. But RCB should watch out against compacency, because their top order is used to good batting conditions in Bengaluru. Many away games will be played on surfaces that don't help free flowing batting that much. Also this idea of Gayle changing the character of his batting is not a good idea. He should be allowed to be himself. Trust Ray Jennings to confuse things for the team. Why is he talking about Kohli for India captaincy I wonder. That's not going to go down well with the BCCI!

  • Romenevans on April 21, 2013, 7:01 GMT

    How long Watson is going to carry this poor form? How long will he take to start performing for Australia, RR and Sydney Sixers? He has been in awful form for more than 18-20 months now and he is still playing these not-needed type of shots? He needs to pull up his socks because he can not live on the past reputation or else he will have to face exactly what happened to Sehwag, Gambhir and Bhajji in indian team.

  • AnkushJangid007 on April 21, 2013, 6:59 GMT

    Don't remember when did Tait bowled a "6 ball OVER" (that means an over without wides), those were crucial runs that he was giving away and could have added to the pressure Tiwary was creating. But it was never going to be an RR win after a 117 run which is a below par total.

  • AnkushJangid007 on April 21, 2013, 6:54 GMT

    @Tal_Botvinnik .... If watson got the wickets due to batsmen's foolishness, then most of your bowlers like Vinay Kumar and R.I.P. Singh also got wickets due to the same reason... A little credit to Watto won't do any harm... Typical Hater Mentality.

  • Baseball-Sucks on April 21, 2013, 6:54 GMT

    @ Yasin123Patel ; Perera isn't an overhyped player, Pal, He is a genuine hitter of the ball. He's got shots all around the wicket, Cuts. Pulls, Drives, Flicks.. you name it, he's got it !! Superb timing. And a freakish wicket keeper. Kusal Perera is a PACKAGE DEAL. He may or may not get a chance here in IPL. Doesn't matter coz he sure as hell make you run for your money in CT in June. lol

  • Tal_Botvinnik on April 21, 2013, 6:12 GMT

    Watson didn't pick the wickets it was gifted to him. Abdv trying an unwanted shot(rush of blood) and giving an excellent catch to chandila. T Dilshan trying to guide an away swinger through slips. Watson is nothing but a slogger, Wonder what happened to owais shah.

  • Yasin123Patel on April 21, 2013, 6:04 GMT

    @innocentFox its difficult for perera to get place. Watson bowl very well yesterday and he fail with bat y'day. But its haapen in a match.he is useful allrounder. Faulkner bowl very well in all matches. Just problem is that their batting didn't click y'day. And r wrong move that dravid play tait in place of cooper. Afterall he is a man, RR misjudge the pitch. Its a tad slow, its not a flat wicket. So, if u know abt cricket then comment otherwise no need to talk about overhype perera.

  • on April 21, 2013, 5:40 GMT

    chennai never wins this IPL, dont trust sir jaddu will play all the games if a good bowling track fast bowlers see how he throws his wicket

  • Avi56 on April 21, 2013, 5:33 GMT

    Again all the CSK and MI fans cannot accept the fact that RCB is winning convincingly every match...They are so blinded that they dint see RCBs bowling and Fielding today...such brilliance on field where the team stole the match from RR...so if RCB is a one man army why did RR get bowled out on a high scoring pitch and if one man army did gayle get all the wicket...And yeah just forgot MI got all out to RR on a good pitch and Malinga the so called t20 bowler got thrashed..CSK again never did well on their top order and always depend on Sir Jadeja to finish games..and 20s and 30 from husseyand dhoni does not become team effort..the same is being scored by Kohli nd Devilliers So how is different from CSK...All jealous ppl just watch the Game enjoy and stop critisizing other teams..wait till the later half of the tournament...

  • on April 21, 2013, 4:44 GMT

    @AMAZINGFAN you should check the icc rankings then you will understand who are these top four players .Each player is capable of winning the match on his own strength and let me tell you top bowlers and batsmen in this year of ipl are from RCB. And if you don't know this is twenty 20 cricket where only one good inning or a good spell can win you match, you don't need complete batting lineup. RCB is doing great in both departments . They are going to win this time..

  • Sundara-Chandare on April 21, 2013, 4:24 GMT

    Pathetic performance by RR.I said yesterday kusal can be useful this bengaluru track.anyway overated watson+star rahane+great rahul+old hodge+one of the best allrounder in the world faulkner made by 117 massive target at one of the flattest track in india.its awesome...

  • Deepkk on April 21, 2013, 4:16 GMT

    RCB great going and it's good that they are in the wining habit .No doubt - Gayle, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers their top four

  • Tal_Botvinnik on April 21, 2013, 3:58 GMT

    Narbavi and co seems to forget when dilshan scored a t20i 100 in a green track against mighty watson and co. He played watson as a spinner slog sweeping and reverse-pull-paddling and dilscoopping him. Even great bowlers like Mitchel Johnson,B Lee were made to look like indian meduim pacers. Agaisnt England where all the indians barring dravid struggled he scored a 195 at lords which is no mean feat. If V Kohli can utilize his new ball off spin he can become a very valuable player fo RCB. He is the right person to partner C Gayle because he starts rapidly and thus the pressure on gayle is taken off. There is no one in RCB who can replace him, (Barring VK,CHG,abdV who are permanent members)

  • Tal_Botvinnik on April 21, 2013, 3:37 GMT

    I don't know about the watson-kusal debate. but RR is truly a mediocre team which performed well due to Dravid. There top order is filled with test batsmen barring watson who is out of form.Their Midle order is absolutely nothing, seriously stuart binny at no 4? Brad Hodge should be batting at 4. Yagnik is a comical batsmen who plays rash shots. And Faulkner,Cooper are good sloggers but not in india.Ajit Chandila is a nothing spinner get someone like badree/hogg instead. With badree,hogg,shah, warming the bench.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on April 21, 2013, 2:56 GMT

    Great to see Watto bowling for RR. The door is now well and truly shut behind Kusal. We don't need him anymore. His dual WK-Batsman role is priceless. BUT, we have Dishant and Sanju who can do that job, pretty effectively. So, we now have the fourth overseas option open and a batting all-rounder is way better than WK all-rounder like Kusal. RR had a bad day in office. Thanks to Dravid's wrong team selection. Hope he gets it right from next time. Good luck RR. Good luck RD. Halla Bol Halla Bol.....

  • elgenioroshan on April 21, 2013, 2:13 GMT

    @Baseball-Sucks : My bad. I was talking about the 2011 season where he averaged just 28. Also Last year you forgot to mention the strike rate which was 109 and according to Dilshan's standard it is way below par. He is not consistent that's why RCB don't play him often. If you compare him with Watson whom you consider "mediocre", he is way ahead than Dilshan in all departments. A perfect all-rounder. He has been with RR since 2008. He was a permanent member of the side and only left out when injured. He is also one of the highest run scorers and wicket takers for RR. And you expect this kind of a player to be replaced by Kusal Perera? LOL! Foreigners for RR should always be Watson, Cooper, Hodge/Perera(both are out of form), Tait/Faulkner and RCB should always have Gayle, AB, Henriques, Rampaul/Muttiah. Cricinfo plz publish.

  • on April 21, 2013, 1:56 GMT

    I always thought Watson was a mediocre batsmen and mediocre bowler. But he got 2 prized wickets yesterday. Those wickets don't come from dumb mediocre bowling. Shane watson is a class bowler.

  • Lion83 on April 21, 2013, 1:53 GMT

    Kusal perera must open for RR. Rahane is a useless for T20

  • AMAZINGFAN on April 21, 2013, 1:46 GMT

    @ Ricardo Mitchell,calling Royal Chokers Bangalore a champion team is a great joke....RCB have only four batsmen and good bowling teams will have no trouble in eliminating the top four guys....RCB's bowling is really weak,their bowlers wud have been thrashed by other teams if they bowled same length that they bowled against RR....i can see only CSK n MI winning this ipl....both teams doesn't rely on individuals and they have great balance whereas RCB is one man team and if u take out gayle then it is pretty much cakewalk for the opposition....cricinfo pls publish

  • Galpaatha404 on April 21, 2013, 0:36 GMT

    I hardly see a chance for Kusal since Watto's bowling.

  • on April 20, 2013, 22:09 GMT

    I hope some sanity prevails in the RR camp and Dravid gets more flexible and open in his mindset and drops Brad Hodge. There is no sense in having an attacking T20 batsman like Owais Shah warming the bench and pick Hodge who is well past his prime. Also, pointless picking both Sreesanth and Shaun Tait. They both leak runs. Not sure why they dont pick Rahul Shukla who showed promise and Fidel Edwards. With limited resources at their disposal, RR should get their team selection right.

  • Baseball-Sucks on April 20, 2013, 21:10 GMT

    @elgenioroshan ; You said that Dilshan didn't score much last year. Let me give you some stats. In 2012 IPL, Dilsahn scored 285 runs in 9 innings including 3 50's with the highest score of 76* (54).

    Lets compare Dilshan's record with other players. lol. Michael Hussey : 8 ings - 261 runs - HS 56. / David Warner : 8ings - 256 runs - HS 109 / Jacques Kallis : 17 ings (almost twise as Dilly) - 409 runs - HS 79 / Ross Taylor : 12 ings - 197 runs - HS 55 / Brad Hodge : 12 ings - 245 runs - HS 48 and the list goes on.

    So first drop those players (and many more) then talk about Dilshan. Dilshan played only "9 innings " last year n did his part very well compare to other overseas players. LOL.

    So what were saying again ??? LOL

  • Hardy1 on April 20, 2013, 21:07 GMT

    Dropping Cooper was a mistake, & Shaun Tait's a bit too erratic for my liking. RCB's batting lineup really isn't very strong. Kohli, Gayle & ABDV are as good as it gets but the rest of them just aren't good enough (even Dilshan's never done very well for them). Once Pujara comes back that should help them significantly because even though he doesn't have a strong T20 record, he's in very good form & is clearly the best Indian batsman there sauf Kohli. As far as I'm concerned that Dilshan's spot should be going to someone else, but I guess without Pujara they can't really afford to drop him because of their over-reliance on Gayle-Kohli-ABDV.

  • elgenioroshan on April 20, 2013, 19:47 GMT

    Dilshan and Christian are waste for RCB. Last year they didn't score much. Dilshan failed in the first 2 matches he played this season and a moderately quick 20+ in this match doesn't justify his place. Henriques should be permanent member of the squad. He showed what he can do with bat and ball. Those of you who watched him bat in the CLT20 would know how destructive he is. He just got to play 2 matches this season but he proved what a worthy all rounder he is. He and Rampaul are the best buys for RCB this season. RCB can tinker how much ever they want with their indian lineup cuz it is very poor but their overseas players should be fixed with -Gayle, AB, Henriques, Rampaul/Muttiah (depending on the wicket). Once pujara returns from injury, RCB will have a formidable batting lineup.

  • BRUTALANALYST on April 20, 2013, 19:42 GMT

    Very mature and clever innings by Gayle today and still didn't let the crowd down finishing in style with a 6 !!!

  • Porky_PigTheToon on April 20, 2013, 19:34 GMT

    Watson bowling and picking wickets as well shuts even the slightest of chances for Perera to make it to playing XI.

    Just replace Tait with Cooper - good bowler, good batsmen and bring in Menaria in place of Sreesanth/ Trivedi that will strengthen their batting. Bowling will still be good :- Faulkner, Sreesanth/ Trivedi, Watson, Cooper and Chandila. Binny and Menaria can be used as part-timers.

  • Porky_PigTheToon on April 20, 2013, 19:30 GMT

    Goodness me !

    Whoever says WATSON is a mediocre player must have started watching Cricket yesterday.

  • on April 20, 2013, 19:28 GMT

    RCB..is the champion team. Other teams can hardly pierce the four explosive and solid top order with the likes of C. Gayle, V kohli, AB de Villiers and TM Dilshan. Guess what!, the team is also tough and well settle from the bottom up...With Kumar, Rampaul and Singh, the championship they shall surely win. Nevertheless, I still do believe they should try a couple youngsters to keep the team green and flowing whilst roaring.

  • sweetiepaper on April 20, 2013, 19:24 GMT

    RR, What a mistake dropping Cooper. He and Faulkner has been the two performing overseas players this year. Unless one of them loses form, experiment with the other two spots. Cooper can also hit some lusty blows. The Wall is normally a good captain. But today bad team selection and bad use of bowlers.

  • elgenioroshan on April 20, 2013, 19:13 GMT

    @Narbavi - No use talking to Baseball-Sucks or anyone for that matter who considers Watson to be a "mediocre" player. LOL joke of this IPL for sure. Kusal Perera was given a chance twice but failed. Haha Baseball Sucks only needs SL overseas players to play. That shows height of biasing. Watson performed well in previous 2 matches but failed in this one so did most of RR boys. Its good to see Watson back with the ball. I always believed he is better for any team as an all rounder rather than a specialist batsman. Go watto! Shut your critics in the upcoming matches cuz you guys will definitely reach the playoffs! There is no bigger hitter than you in entire RR squad! Cricinfo plz publish

  • kevepere on April 20, 2013, 19:02 GMT

    RCB well played . But in a match where the top 4 wickets fall early what is RCB going to do? Please include atleast one young indian in between other than thiwary who can come at the end go for hard hitting. Then that batsman would learn to handle pressure and play with a top player . Therefore 1. Dilshan 2. Gayle 3. Kohli 4. Arun Karthik/or any good indian batsman 5. ABD 6. Thiwary 7. Rampaul 8. V. Kumar 9 . M.karthik 10. RP Sign 11. Unadkat.... This serves batting until rampaul . Today after 3 wickets we saw Rampaul with the pads. Dont always rely on international players and put pressure. better to share the pressure among young players and make them learn

  • on April 20, 2013, 18:58 GMT

    Surprised that Sreesanth was given only one over during the match..... he should have given more overs....

  • Baseball-Sucks on April 20, 2013, 18:53 GMT

    @Narbavi ; What values exactly does Watson bring to the team ? Mediocre values ?? lol . Why do you insist on keeping a mediocre player on the team who doesn't do his job. He is the reason for RR loss today. He failed to give much needed rapid start for RR, specially against a team like RCB.

    And you said that Dilshan is a liability? Was he ?? lol He gave a wonderful start n set the foundation. When Dilshan got out RCB run rate was 8.00. Dilshan is the perfect partner for Gayle who always starts slow. Dilshan always goes for big shots from the get go n it reduces the pressure on Gayle. later narbavi !! lol

  • Narbavi on April 20, 2013, 18:41 GMT

    @Baseball-Sucks: Lol, thanks for providing us indian fans something to laugh about, Watson is probably among the top 5 t20 players in the world and the whole world other than a couple of kusal perera fans know this fact!!

  • Narbavi on April 20, 2013, 18:39 GMT

    @AneYako: World t20's player of the tournament 6 months back, even a 8yr old kid knows the value of Shane Watson, being an indian, i have followed the ipl better than you and i have seen his performances over the year for Rajasthan Royals, so as usual your comments regarding Watson make no sense whatsoever, why didn't you comment about him when he was doing well in the previous games? infact even today he bowled well and picked two wickets

  • Baseball-Sucks on April 20, 2013, 18:21 GMT

    Drop Watson n bring Kusal Perera back into the team. Watson is wasting an overseas slot.

  • CricketAkshay on April 20, 2013, 18:18 GMT

    They have to drop Tait and play Cooper. Clearly Tait is a chucker than a bowler. That is why he is not getting the length right and bowling too many wides. Readers, do you agree with this point? Also, he should play the same XI that thrashed MI. Dravid don't worry. You're sitting on the top of the table. The tournament is long way

  • AneYako on April 20, 2013, 18:17 GMT

    @Narbavi: Watson adds more value to the team than Any one else? hahaha A small correction for you. 'Only' an amateur would say something like that. How in the world could you even come to such a conclusion is beyond me. I know you love the guy but come onnn

  • riverlime on April 20, 2013, 18:11 GMT

    Dropping Cooper was a very bad idea. He would have provided some more spark to the batting and his bowling would have squeezed the RCB line-up much more than the expensive Tait. He was potentially the difference between winning and losing the game for RR. The result therefore was never in any doubt.

  • on April 20, 2013, 18:09 GMT

    great top 4 for a T2o side... wow... and i think Rampaul should be rotated with Murali in spin friendly tracts...In RCB home ground rampaul should be in the team... nice to see tiwari back as well... and it is time to RR to move ahead without watson... owis shah should come in.. Kusal perera need another chance as well.... Sad to hear people blaming dravid but if not for him RR wil be bowled out for less than 100 today...

  • on April 20, 2013, 17:53 GMT

    Proud VK DONORS for RCB : Why? Coz Virat Kohli holding the ORANGE CAP for having the highest Run aggregate till to-date and so is Vinay Kumar holding the PURPLE CAP for having the highest Wickets till to-date. Thus one Royal beating the other Royal was on the cards which was won by the Challengers Banglore was Absolutely an easy Cake-Walk.

  • Romenevans on April 20, 2013, 17:29 GMT

    I think dravid should stop trying so many combinations and let Yagnik play at 3. Dravid slows down the momentum at 3 and then the whole innings collapses. Cooper has to play each and every game no matter what the conditions are, how can you drop him for tait?

  • Narbavi on April 20, 2013, 17:17 GMT

    @Baseball-Sucks: Still better than making 14 runs off 15balls in two games, he played well in the previous two games, you need some serious counselling about Watson, and lol he bowled well and picked wickets today, he adds more value to this team than anybody else, even an amateur knows it!!

  • Romenevans on April 20, 2013, 17:14 GMT

    Why did Dravid drop Cooper? He is the one guy who has been winnign us matched? Tait for cooper? Are you kidding me? And can somebody ask Rahane and Dravid that this T20 not test matches. Common guys, pull up your socks.

  • Romenevans on April 20, 2013, 17:11 GMT

    Dravid should stop over experimenting. The team was fine but he changed it for this game and it backfired. He Played 5 bowlers, in a T20 game? RR got their act together as soon as possible or else it will be the same story as they did last year. Good performance at the start and then slide down so hopelessly.

  • sathishan.k on April 20, 2013, 16:53 GMT

    no one take the game from rcb

  • Ross_the_Boss on April 20, 2013, 16:12 GMT

    117 is about 30 runs short. would need sreeshanth and tait to whip something special in their initial burst for RR to have any chance....and people have tried to hammer trivedi and found out that he moves the ball a wee bit more than they expected!! but RCB would probably get there in 15 overs with 6 wickets in hand...

  • nilb on April 20, 2013, 15:55 GMT

    No Kusal Perera Again? Com-on Rajastan should give him another chance.

  • Baseball-Sucks on April 20, 2013, 15:51 GMT

    @ Narbavi ; What an impressive performance by your Watson. LOL I hope you enjoyed his fine innings. LOL 5 runs outta 9 POWER PLAY deliveries. Phew.. Don't you get it ? He is just another mediocre player now. His ability to hit the ball is long gone. LOL

  • BRUTALANALYST on April 20, 2013, 15:45 GMT

    Gayle v Faulkener is going to be heated after there last meeting . . .

  • on April 20, 2013, 15:11 GMT

    i think today RCB got a perfect batting line :D

  • on April 20, 2013, 14:29 GMT

    both the teams look gud but really lack depth on batting & bowling,having opted for specialists in place of all rounders...still RR would be a side to beat for the RCB.. :)

  • on April 20, 2013, 14:29 GMT

    both the teams look gud but really lack depth on batting & bowling,having opted for specialists in place of all rounders...still RR would be a side to beat for the RCB.. :)

  • on April 20, 2013, 15:11 GMT

    i think today RCB got a perfect batting line :D

  • BRUTALANALYST on April 20, 2013, 15:45 GMT

    Gayle v Faulkener is going to be heated after there last meeting . . .

  • Baseball-Sucks on April 20, 2013, 15:51 GMT

    @ Narbavi ; What an impressive performance by your Watson. LOL I hope you enjoyed his fine innings. LOL 5 runs outta 9 POWER PLAY deliveries. Phew.. Don't you get it ? He is just another mediocre player now. His ability to hit the ball is long gone. LOL

  • nilb on April 20, 2013, 15:55 GMT

    No Kusal Perera Again? Com-on Rajastan should give him another chance.

  • Ross_the_Boss on April 20, 2013, 16:12 GMT

    117 is about 30 runs short. would need sreeshanth and tait to whip something special in their initial burst for RR to have any chance....and people have tried to hammer trivedi and found out that he moves the ball a wee bit more than they expected!! but RCB would probably get there in 15 overs with 6 wickets in hand...

  • sathishan.k on April 20, 2013, 16:53 GMT

    no one take the game from rcb

  • Romenevans on April 20, 2013, 17:11 GMT

    Dravid should stop over experimenting. The team was fine but he changed it for this game and it backfired. He Played 5 bowlers, in a T20 game? RR got their act together as soon as possible or else it will be the same story as they did last year. Good performance at the start and then slide down so hopelessly.

  • Romenevans on April 20, 2013, 17:14 GMT

    Why did Dravid drop Cooper? He is the one guy who has been winnign us matched? Tait for cooper? Are you kidding me? And can somebody ask Rahane and Dravid that this T20 not test matches. Common guys, pull up your socks.

  • Narbavi on April 20, 2013, 17:17 GMT

    @Baseball-Sucks: Still better than making 14 runs off 15balls in two games, he played well in the previous two games, you need some serious counselling about Watson, and lol he bowled well and picked wickets today, he adds more value to this team than anybody else, even an amateur knows it!!